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Donations help victims of domestic violence


January 19, 2023

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GFWC Thompson Falls Woman's Club member Karen Gustavsen prepares to add her old phone to the collection box located in the Black Bear.

The old cell phone gathering dust in a drawer could help victims of domestic violence. The GFWC Thompson Falls Woman's Club is sponsoring a "Flash Collection" of used phones and tablets through February 18.

The Thompson Falls Club is joining other clubs of the General Federation of Women's Clubs across the country in support of Secure the Call, a non-profit organization, to collect cell phones that will directly support domestic violence victims across the country. For 19 years, Secure the Call has been collecting and redistributing old and unused cell phones to over 400 organizations dedicated to assisting Victims of Domestic Violence. Donated devices are refurbished to be able to call 911 without a carrier contract, assuring help is always within reach.

Any make, model or age of phone or tablet is acceptable for donation, and no charger or accessories are needed. Cell phones and tablets can be dropped off at Black Bear Bakery and Deli on Main Street in Thompson Falls.

"Our goal in 2023 is to collect 10,000 phones which will provide our program with the free 911 phones we'll need for the next 12 months. We're excited to partner with the GFWC to help us make our numbers," said Mike Morgan, President of Secure the Call.

The phones go through a rigorous process to make sure the previous owner's information is completely wiped out and the phone is factory reset. SIM chips are removed from the phones that have them and shredded on-site.

For more information about Secure the Call or to get a mailing label if you are unable to drop off your phone before the collection deadline, visit or call (301) 891-2900.

To learn more about the GFWC Thompson Falls Woman's Club, visit their Facebook page or contact the club at [email protected].


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